Kopi Luwak? Pah…try Black Ivory Coffee

If you are like me and think coffe tastes like shit…then you may actually be drinking some premium coffee:

In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world’s most expensive coffee.

Trumpeted as earthy in flavour and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung. A gut reaction inside the elephant creates what its founder calls the coffee’s unique taste.

Stomach turning or oddly alluring, this is not just one of the world’s most unusual specialty coffees. At US$1100 per kilogram (US$500 per pound), it’s also among the world’s priciest.

For now, only the wealthy or well-travelled have access to the cuppa, which is called Black Ivory Coffee. It was launched last month at a few luxury hotels in remote corners of the world – first in northern Thailand, then the Maldives and now Abu Dhabi – with the price tag of about US$50 a serving.

  • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/ Petal

    I’m not a coffee drinker, which allows me pure observer status. I for one can not believe the number of coffee outlets that have appeared over the last 10 years. I see people leaving their cars, standing at pokey little street carts in wind and rain so they can receive their “hit” at a non-trivial price. Prepared by coffee-artists that are revered and instill loyalty, this whole affair has an air of drug dependency and desperation to me. Just as well caffeine isn’t considered a harmful substance, otherwise the Greens and Labour would want to be all over this shit with labels and regulations. Or perhaps I’ve not given them enough time to catch up.

  • Alsh

    There is worse things to be addicted to than coffee. Says he after his fifth cup

  • BR

    What if the coffee was processed in the same way, but with male bovine beasts replacing the elephants? How much could they sell that for?

    Bill.

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